A gift is a gift because you want to give it, and it should never be turned into a negative thing
I think it's a lovely idea to give a gift to your parents, I bought my mum earrings to wear on the day and I know she will treasure them always.
It really saddens me that people can turn gift giving into a negative thing
I agree. I love gift giving and I always buy people stuff if I see something on special or something that they will love just because I want to. I never ever expect anything in return.
Because my parents are paying sooooo much to give me the wedding that I want and dream of and Darren's parents are also contributing a large chunk, I would not dream of NOT giving them something in return. They don't HAVE to pay for our wedding but they are out of the goodness of their hearts so I am giving them a thank you gift out of the goodness of my heart.
We are paying for some of our wedding, as much as we can at this time and as much as my mum will let us.
Our gift back to them will not be expensive but it will be well thought out and meaningful and THAT is what counts. The monetary value of our gifts means nothing.
If no one knew how much we appreciate their contributions then I for one would be heartbroken and feel like I had somehow robbed them.
We send out thank you cards for wishing well contributions and gifts - These cost money so should we not say thank you to our guests either?